Multi Stage Kalman Filter (MSKF) Based Time-Varying Sparse Channel Estimation With Fast Convergence

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Multi Stage Kalman Filter (MSKF) Based Time-Varying Sparse Channel Estimation With Fast Convergence

By: 
Parthapratim De; Markku Juntti; Christo Kurisummoottil Thomas

The paper develops novel algorithms for time-varying (TV) sparse channel estimation in Massive multiple-input, multiple-output (MMIMO) systems. This is achieved by employing a novel reduced (non-uniformly spaced tap) delay-line equalizer, which can be related to low/reduced rank filters. This low rank filter is implemented by deriving an innovative TV (Krylov-space based) Multi-Stage Kalman Filter (MSKF), employing appropriate state estimation techniques. MSKF converges very quickly, within few stages/iterations (at each symbol). This is possible because MSKF uses those signal spaces, maximally correlated with the desired signal, rather than the standard principal component (PCA) signal spaces. MSKF is also able to reduce channel tracking errors, encountered by a standard Kalman filter in a high-mobility channel. In addition, MSKF is well suited for large-scale MMIMO systems. This is unlike most existing methods, including recent Bayesian-Belief Propagation, Krylov, fast iterative re-weighted compressed sensing (RCS) and minimum rank minimization methods, which requires more and more iterations to converge, as the scale of MMIMO system increases. A Bayesian Cramer Rao lower bound (BCRLB) for noisy CS (in sparse channel) is also derived, which provides a benchamrk for the performance for novel MSKF and other CS estimators.

Massive MIMO (MMIMO) systems are considered for high data rate communications in sparse channels, e. g. digital television (DTV) [1][2], echo cancellation, underwater [3], millimeter-wave (mmwave) 5 G communications [4]. For example, in terrestrial DTV transmission [1][2], a typical receiver is expected to handle multipath with delays as long as  18  microseconds, which at high symbol rates, requires adaptive finite impulse response (FIR) linear equalizers with several hundred symbol-spaced taps [5]. In order to alleviate dynamic multipaths, due to propagation effects, flutter from moving objects, e.g., airplanes and changing atmospheric conditions, the equalizer must update its coefficients at high speed. This situation is also witnessed in a high data rate wireless channel, where only the main signal and a few multipath reflected signals are significant, among (maybe) hundreds of channel taps, (in a tapped-delay line model). Advanced sparse channel estimation methods, requiring estimation of only few significant channel tap weights, have been developed for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) [6] and code division multiple access (CDMA) systems, and provide superior performance.

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